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The idea is simple, to set a stage for change and reach out to the masses through the age-old art of street theatre. One of the largest street theatre festivals in Asia in terms of outreach and participation, Manthan is the annual Street Theatre Festival by VERVE, the street play society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University, in association with SUN Foundation. A nationwide event that's in its fifth edition, Manthan will incorporate more than 40 colleges, across Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
With the aim of reviving street play culture, spreading social messages and discussing sensitive issues in public, this year's Manthan fest comes with another underlying purpose, urging people to look within themselves and discover the change they want to see in the world. The theme, "Badlaav Mujhmein Hai", inspires student groups to raise their voices. The four colleges that will participate on February 23 are Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) Khalsa College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), Delhi University.
The festival begins with the play Vande Matram in Punjabi by the Khalsa College (at Panjab University's student's centre), which is a satire on the state of the country. CCET will take up the issues of corruption, black money and illiteracy in Mano Ya Na Mano (PU), while PEC's nukkad natak Incredible India in Sector 17 will echo the dismal state of medical services. "Our college will present Aakhir Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (at PU), which talks about the lack of infrastructure and services for the disabled," shares Ibna Sharma of SSCBS. She points towards their philosophy — The world does not need a Superman to change it. It only needs you. Come, be a part of the change.
Performances at Student Centre, PU, will take place from 12 pm to 2 pm. Timings for Sector 17 Plaza are 2 pm to 4 pm
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